Adverse effects of wi-fi radiation on male reproductive system: A systematic review

Jaffar Farah Hanan Fathihah, Khairul Osman, Nur Hilwani Ismail, Kok Yong Chin, Siti Fatimah Ibrahim

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Extensive use of Wi-Fi has contributed to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) pollution in environment. Various studies have been conducted to evaluate the effect of RF-EMR emitted by Wi-Fi transmitter on male reproduction health. However, there are conflicting findings between studies. Thus, this review aims to elucidate the possible effects of 2.45 GHz Wi-Fi exposure on both animal and human male reproductive system. A computerized database search performed through MEDLINE via Ovid and PUBMED with the following set of keywords: ‘Wi-Fi or WiFi or wireless fidelity or Wi-Fi router or WiFi router or electromagnetic or radiofrequency radiation’ AND ‘sperm or spermatozoa or spermatogenesis or semen or seminal plasma or testes or testis or testosterone or male reproduction’ had returned 526 articles. Only 17 studies conformed to pre-set inclusion criterion. Additional records identified through Google Scholar and reviewed article further revealed six eligible articles. A total of 23 articles were used for data extraction, including 15 studies on rats, three studies on mice, and five studies on human health. Sperm count, motility and DNA integrity were the most affected parameters when exposed to RF-EMR emitted by Wi-Fi transmitter. Unfortunately, sperm viability and morphology were inconclusive. Structural and/or physiological analyses of the testes showed degenerative changes, reduced testosterone level, increased apoptotic cells, and DNA damage. These effects were mainly due to the elevation of testicular temperature and oxidative stress activity. In conclusion, exposure towards 2.45 GHz RF-EMR emitted by Wi-Fi transmitter is hazardous on the male reproductive system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-179
Number of pages11
JournalTohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
Volume248
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Electromagnetic Radiation
Wi-Fi
Radiation
Spermatozoa
Testis
Electromagnetic waves
Semen
Reproduction
Testosterone
Transmitters
Sperm Count
Sperm Motility
Electromagnetic Phenomena
Routers
Health
Spermatogenesis
MEDLINE
DNA Damage
Oxidative Stress
Databases

Keywords

  • Oxidative stress
  • Radiofrequency radiation
  • Sperm quality
  • Testes
  • Wi-Fi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Adverse effects of wi-fi radiation on male reproductive system : A systematic review. / Farah Hanan Fathihah, Jaffar; Osman, Khairul; Ismail, Nur Hilwani; Chin, Kok Yong; Ibrahim, Siti Fatimah.

In: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine, Vol. 248, No. 3, 01.01.2019, p. 169-179.

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